There was not a needy person among them. Let me say that in my terms, “No needy people here.”
In Luke 15, Jesus is questioned by the Pharisees for eating with the tax collectors and sinners. Basically, they are pointing fingers at Jesus, calling Him out for hanging with sinners. Jesus, like He frequently does, responds by telling a story.
In the summer of 2016, I had the opportunity to officiate my brother’s wedding. This was the first time that I was officiating a wedding so you can imagine how nervous I was. The entire process was a new experience for me. I haven’t even been to that many weddings before.
A person that comes to faith in Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit is a transformed person. If a person has experienced the grace of God, they cannot remain the same.
You are loved. You are redeemed. The old is gone, the new has come. Do you believe that?
If you are like me, I have struggled to believe I am a new creation. We are quick to take the title, “New Creation” but slow to let that sink in. Think about it. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us those who are in Christ are new creatures. I don’t always feel that way.
I have refrained from writing on the topic of discouragement for two reasons. First, I still struggle with discouragement. Second, total transparency scares me. Neither reasons are good enough for me to not write this.
The call to follow Jesus is not a small call. It is a call to abandon yourself and surrender completely. The real question is, “Why should I surrender?”
I mean seriously.
I don’t know about you but that passage seems impossible to actually live. How could I possibly rejoice always when everything around me is burning? How could I possibly pray without ceasing? I already struggle to pray once a day. How could I possibly be thankful in all circumstances? ALL CIRCUMSTANCES? Life is tough and often unpredictable. One-day things can be going well and then you get a phone call that radically changes everything.
I do not always feel good enough. In fact, I don’t feel good enough most of the time. I don’t know if you have ever felt that way. If you have felt not good enough or struggled with self-condemnation, I am right here with you.
I hate feeling hopeless. I hate seeing other people feel hopeless.
I recently went on a personal journey to try and understand hope on a deeper level. I wanted to figure out what hope was so I would know where to look. I stumbled upon this passage of scripture and it changed my life. I want to share with you four key lessons that I learned about hope from 1 Peter 1:3-4.
I am always blown away as I think about the hope that we have in Jesus Christ. We have an abundance of hope for our lives because the God who saved us is the God of hope. We often talk about the hope that each one of us as in Jesus yet we sometimes belittle the hope that we have as the church. So let me put it this way:
All of us have been both on the giving and receiving end of gossip. Whether it be gossip that is true or gossip that is false, we have pretty much all been on both sides of the coin. This is not about the truthfulness of gossip. This post is simply about how we can respond when we are on the receiving end of gossip. How can you respond when you find out that someone is talking behind your back?
Today I woke up at 5:00 a.m. I have valued the 5 AM Club and have been a hit-or-miss member of the club for about two years now. This year I have certainly woke up at 5:00 a.m. more than any previous year.
I walk down the stairs on this beautiful December morning, only to discover my backyard has been painted white. I stop and stare for a moment. My brain takes me back to those winter mornings years ago when my siblings and I would race outside to build snowmen and throw snowballs.
This past Monday was one of the most productive Mondays that I have had in a while. I recorded three podcast episodes, wrote a blog, went to my college classes, and even cleaned my room. I conquered Monday.
You would think that I would have been happy by the amount that I accomplished in the day.
Every day we are given the choice to follow God faithfully or to ignore our call to follow. Our response to this daily decision is of the utmost importance. With every major decision, we are presented with many excuses as to why we don’t do things. Just like with other areas in our life, we can make excuses as to why we won’t follow God on a daily basis.
I want to map out three major areas that we often use to make excuses.